HawaiiWritten by Stacy Yuen Hernandez On 22 January 2013
Honolulu Farmers’ Market to accept SNAP/EBT cards beginning January 23

GreenWheel Food Hub is hosting a “SNAP Mob” at the Honolulu Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, January 23, to celebrate acceptance of SNAP/EBT benefits at the market. SNAP (formerly known as “food stamps”) can now be used to purchase eligible products at the market, which runs from 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday on the grounds of the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall.

“It’s like a flash mob to celebrate EBT use at the farmers’ market,” says Gida Snyder, GreenWheel Food Hub co-founder, in a released statement. “We see this as an all around win for local communities — SNAP recipients have more access to fresh, locally grown foods, and local farmers have a new stream of income to support Hawaii’s local agriculture.”

According to the Department of Human Services, an average of $33.5 million is issued in SNAP benefits each month in Hawaii.

SNAP customers can swipe their EBT cards at a central point of sale in exchange for “GreenBucks” scrip that can be spent for EBT-eligible items throughout the market.

The Honolulu Farmers’ Market is run by the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. It is one of five Oahu markets that the GreenWheel Food Hub will be initiating EBT acceptance at over the next year, as part of a project that received funding from the Hawaii Community Foundation‘s Island Innovation Fund.

Whole Foods Market provided support for initiating EBT service at the Honolulu Farmers’ Market by dedicating five percent of one day’s sales at Whole Foods Kahala to the cause, as well as allowing customers to “recycle their change” at the register to benefit GreenWheel Food Hub’s efforts.

For more information about GreenWheel Food Hub’s project to bring EBT/SNAP acceptance to local farmers markets, visit www.greenwheelfoodhub.org. GreenWheel Food Hub is a fiscally-sponsored project of Feed the Hunger Foundation, a 501(c)3.

 

 

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Stacy Yuen Hernandez

Stacy Yuen Hernandez is a writer for Hawaii Business magazine. A former writer/editor for The Honolulu Advertiser, Stacy has also worked in radio and TV news in the San Francisco Bay area. She possesses a Journalism degree from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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